Regarding a sense of honor and self-respect:
Here are some resources for you. For the books that I list, you do not have to read the whole book; use the table of contents and the index to choose what is pertinent to your question. These references concern the restoration of honor through violence or the threat of violence. Your teacher may have some other method in mind.
Don’t worry if you do not have access to all of these references, for, if your high school is no more rigorous than was mine, your teacher will be happy if you use any one of them. Your teacher may be able to recommend one for you to look at (or your school librarian). Is there a nearby university library?
Save this bibliography, as it will make a good one for a research paper by yourself or one of your friends in your college history course.
Baldwin, Joseph G. 1853. "Justification after Verdict" in The Flush Times of Alabama and Mississippi. Find this one on the Internet.
Clay. 1861. "Farewell Remarks to the U. S. Senate upon Alabama’s Secession," Congressional Globe, (Jan. 21),
Crowther, Edward R. 1992. "Holy Honor: Sacred and Secular in the Old South," The Journal of Southern History, LVIII, 4 (Nov.), 619-636.
Eaton, Clement. 1976. "The Role of Honor in Southern Society," Southern Humanities Review, 10 (suppl.), 47-58.
Gass, W. Conrad. 1979. "‘The Misfortune of a High Minded and Honorable Gentleman’: W. W. Avery and the Southern Code of Honor," The North Carolina Historical Review, LVI, 3 (Jul.), 278-297.
Greenberg, Kenneth S. 1996. Honor and Slavery. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
Longstreet, Augustus Baldwin. Ca. 1835. "The Fight" in Georgia Scenes. Find this one on the Internet. I think the table of contents is screwed up so that you will have to scroll down through the pages to find this story.
Stowe, Steven M. 1987. Intimacy and Power in the Old South: Ritual in the Lives of the Planters. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press. Chapter 1 is "The Affair of Honor: Character and Esteem."
Wyatt-Brown, Bertram. 1982. Southern Honor: Ethics and Behavior in the Old South. Oxford University Press. I think chapters 2, 3, and 4 may be what you are looking for, and maybe the Preface, too.